I am a member of a group of metalsmiths that host a monthly blogroll on a specific topic. This month the participants are blogging about how the change of seasons, specifically Spring, influence their work, their designs, etc.

Spring is not my favorite season because it just means more rain here in the Pacific Northwest. This March was the 5th wettest on record, and it really wasn’t that inspiring. I spend a lot of the early spring at the ball field’s with my 3 kids at softball, tball, and baseball practice/games. It is rainy, it is windy, and most days downright cold. But there are a few glorious, sun-filled days that make me remember why I live in the PNW. Those beautiful sunny spring days do inspire me – from the robins in the yard, to the snow-capped peaks, from the frogs loudly croaking in our pond, to the first teeny blooms (Johnny Jump-Ups are my fave!).


Those signs of spring bring forth the desire to clean the studio (which I never do), sit on the porch with my sketchbook and soak up the rays (never do enough), and go through my stone collection and pull out colorful cabochons to start designing new pieces (always pick too many).  These cabochons (pictured below) have been on the bench for about a week waiting for a sunny day and inspiration. There is dappled sunlight out my studio windows this morning – should I work in the studio, or go out and enjoy it?


Here is a list of other Aspiring Metalsmiths Team members blogs about spring:
Pennee – All Wired Up Jewelry Designs http://allwiredupjewelrydesigns.blogspot.com
Contemporary Jewelry by Beatriz Fortes http://cjbf.blogspot.com
Jessica @ Abella Blue http://abellabluestudio.com/blog
Happy Spring Inspiration!!

I sent out an order to a customer. All was well in my world until ….I checked my mail yesterday. This was in my mailbox….

So not only were the pearls crushed, I get to remake the earrings and shipping them again at my expense. How is a girl supposed to run a small business and make a profit when this happens?

Thanks y’all,


Summer Sale 2011

Summer is ending, and autumn is it on its way. To celebrate, I am having a 20% off sale in my Artfire shop!!

Here are few items available:

So go take a look at my artfire shop, and share the sale on twitter and facebook please!




A BIG Birthday –

Happy July everyone! Today my first-born turns 13!! Did you hear that?? THIRTEEN!  Happy Birthday Samuel – I am so proud of you! Here is a quick pic of the birthday boy – love you Sam!

Happy Birthday Sam!

AMAZING  Blog Feature

I was also featured on an Ashley Berthelot’s amazing blog  – Fancy Designs today.  Thanks so much Ashley for the kind words and sharing of my designs!

And the last thing before I am off to bake a chocolate/chocolate, vanilla/vanilla birthday cake!

HUGE SALE in ALL my sales venues!

Steph Stargell Designs on Etsy – 20% Off all items – Use coupon code “SummerSale2011” at checkout for your discount.

Steph Stargell Designs on Artfire –  20% Off all items – No coupon code needed – prices already reflect discount.

And on my website – Steph Stargell Designs – You will receive 20% Off and Free Shipping on all items – I will refund your discount via paypal upon checkout.


Wishing everyone a fun, happy, and safe 4th of July weekend!



1st Strawberries of the season!

Summer is finally here. How do I know? I know because we bought our first half flat of local strawberries yesterday. We have eaten half of them already, the rest will be gone today. I will be buying more for jam, recipes, and the freezer. There is nothing like a WA state strawberry – super sweet, red all the way through, and they always kick off summer here in the Pacific Northwest. We also bought bing cherries, nectarines, watermelon, and canteloupe yesterday. My kids love summer fruit and warm sunny days.

As it is finally summer, I must have my quarterly jewelry sale. Luckily, I have 3 venues now to buy from. I finished my new website  this week, my Artfire shop is fully stocked, and my Etsy shop is in full swing. All three venues are having sales. If you purchase from my website, you will receive a free pair of sterling silver hoops. If you purchase from Artfire, you will get an immediate 15% discount on your purchase. When buying from my Etsy shop, if you enter the coupon code “SummerSale2011” at checkout, you will receive a 20% discount off your items.

So, shop now for yourself, for birthdays, and for those upcoming special occasions.

Happy Summer 🙂



Happy Thursday morning 🙂 Just a quick update to let you know how to find me 🙂  My Etsy shop currently sits empty as I move all inventory to My Artfire Shop , and to my new website. I will be working on the new site all weekend, and hopefully debut it on Monday June 20th. If you are looking for my designs they are all available in the Artfire shop and you can also contact me at stephstargell@gmail.com . Thanks for your patience while all this moving around is taking place.



I just wanted to send a special “thank you” out to all those that have supported me the past several days in my “Open Letter to Etsy”. My Teamies from The Aspiring Metalsmiths, The Artisan Group, Facebook friends, and sellers from Artfire have been so supportive and encouraging. I truly appreciate all your advice, help, tweets, blog posts, and FB posts. I belong to a great community 🙂